shill definition by Webster's New World
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- the confederate of a gambler, pitchman, auctioneer, etc. who pretends to buy, bet, or bid so as to lure onlookers into participating
- a person who works energetically to sell or promote something
Origin: contr. ; from shillaber ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
Slang to act or work as a shill
shill definition by American Heritage Dictionary
One who poses as a satisfied customer or an enthusiastic gambler to dupe bystanders into participating in a swindle.verb shilled, shill·ing, shills verb, intransitive
To act as a shill.verb, transitive
- To act as a shill for (a deceitful enterprise).
- To lure (a person) into a swindle.
Origin: Perhaps short for shillaber.